The year is 1990. The place is the the Hollywood Freeway at Western Blvd. WISK, SLEEZ, POWER, STRIP, CHARLIE, FRAME, RISK, DREAM SMD (RIP)
We just did. It wasn’t even that late. Maybe 9:00 PM? Funny night.
The next morning I pulled over on the fwy and slow rolled backwards
getting the shot. – Power
Steve Grody has been documenting graffiti in Los Angeles for more than twenty years. In that time he has gone all-city as a photographer in the same way any dedicated writer would. Instead of creating graffiti however, he was collecting it, and the result has been a staggering number of photos. Although he has published a book of his work, Graffiti L.A.: Street Styles and Art, the process of editing meant only a fraction of the pieces made it into those pages. We visited Steve downtown where he gave us the grand tour of his dojo and a small sample of his graffiti photo archive. He has an impressive collection and was happy to talk to us about his work, discuss the different spots he liked to bench, who he’s met along the way and some of the art he’s received from some celebrated Los Angeles graffiti writers.